Sunday, September 27, 2009

Conference in Jericho to address Israel's Palestinian prisoners

Published yesterday (updated) 26/09/2009 21:55

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners Affairs will hold a three-day conference on the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails starting on 14 November in Jericho.

Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe announced the conference, titled “Liberty is a right not a tool for violations” will bring together 50 international dignitaries and human rights advocates at Jericho’s Intercontinental hotel.

Qaraqe called the conference “the year’s most important event,” the first of its kind in Palestine, which will try and mobilize international support for Palestinian prisoners in in an attempt to put pressure on Israel to stop human rights violations against detainees.

There are an estimated 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons

The major issues to be discussed at the conference are:

- Prisoners and international law.
- Detention of children.
- Torture and abuse.
- Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.
- Israeli legislation violating human rights.
- Rehabilitation of prisoners, and reintegration into society.
- Prisoners in local, regional, and international media.
- Detention of women.
- Administrative detention.

Photos and videos about prisoners will be shown throughout the conference, and reports and studies about conditions in Israeli prisons will be distributed.